My name is Lael Wilcox.
I raced the Tour Divide twice in the summer of 2015, first with the Grand Depart in June and again on an Independent Time Trial in August. In that summer, I brought the women's record down from 19 days, 2 hours (set by Eszter Horanyi in 2012) to 15 days, 10 hours. In addition, I rode to the start of the Tour Divide in Banff from Alaska both times. In total, I rode 8,600 miles from May-August in 2015.
I'm back this year because I absolutely love this route and the riding. It's wide open dirt roads over 50+ mountain passes through The Rockies. Fantastic Country. Conditions look tough this year, but I'm going to give it my all and I try for the overall win. You never know what can happen out there.
My Tour Divide race will be documented for a media project for PEARL iZUMi, Wahoo Fitness, Revelate Designs and Ergon. I'm also fortunate to be sponsored Hope, Komoot, and Specialized.